There are several branches of knowledge or sciences in Islam. All of which have been derived from the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah. Some of these branches of science include Science of Fiqh, Science of Hadith, Science of Tafseer, Science of Tajweed etc.
To fulfill this objective one begins by taking Bai’at meaning “Oath of Alleginace” from one who has already travelled this path i.e a Friend of Allah (swt). They are also known by titles such as Murshid, Pir, Shaykh, Sufi Master, Saint etc.
Symbol of divine truth, universal love and ethical excellence, Silsila Aalia tawhidia is a spiritual order, a school of Islamic learning and an institute to explore realm of Tassawuf— the gateway to Wisdom to achieve reverence and Allah’s blessings.
The order founded in 1955, by Khawaja Abdul Hakim Ansari – an eminent genius with extra ordinary qualities of head and heart and exceptionally developed spiritual powers for exposition of divine truth being ultimate reality. Since then, it stands to its task of getting Divine blessings, Allah’s consent and fulfilment of responsibilities assigned by Allah and duties towards humanity. Simultaneously, working as torch bearer of Islam and generating unity amongst the Muslims on the basis of Islamic ethics and morals; creating harmony and promoting universal peace and love.
Special emphasis is laid on patience and forgiveness and followers are advised to abstain from involvement in issues of controversial and sectarian nature; concurrently avoiding political prejudices whatsoever. Unlike other spiritual orders, the objectives of the Silsila Tawhidia and its doctrine have been clearly outlined by the founder- Khawaja Abdul Hakim Ansari.
The ‘Order’ presents Islam in its original form as ordained by Allah (swt) in its true spirit and as presented, practised and preached by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and his followers.
The basic purpose of the mission is to reform the people to make them better Muslims—the Momins, through teachings embodied in the Holy Quran and Sunna. Atmosphere is created through counselling and the people are encouraged to be courteous and mannered. This education and training provides them rare opportunities for character building and spiritual excellence. Regular research is conducted with a view to ensuring effectiveness of modes to produce practical and progressive ‘Momins’.
Faith in Allah, obedience to Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and practice of Quranic teachings and Sunna are the cardinal principles of the ‘Order’ and their subservience to these divine injunctions is unconditional. Disciples are; therefore, taught to have complete faith and unconditional dependence in Allah, shaping their conduct in the light of Shariyah. Their entire activity results in enlightenment of heart and purification of soul through perpetual attention (Tawajoh) of the Murshid–the spiritual guide, with ultimate objective of seeking Allah’s consent and that of leading a life full of peace, progress and prosperity here and the in world hereafter.
Educational meetings, training programs, spiritual congregations and seminars are frequently held all over the world. Religious books, magazines and periodicals are also issued from time to time.
The order is also known and recognised publicly as Silsila Allia Tawhidia or Halqa-e-Tawhidia; where the word ‘Aalia’ stands for ‘exalted’ as a word of respect; and the word ‘Halqa’ means a collective body or group of disciples, followers and holders of Shaykh as their mentor or Murshid.
At this stage, it is also worth mentioning that the founder of the Silsila , Khawaja Abdul Hakeem Ansari (demised in 1977 and was laid to rest at Aastana Sharif, Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan) appointed Qibla Abdul Sattar as his sole successor ‘Shaykh’ and the Late Khan Abdul Sattar (demised in1990, and was laid to rest beside Khawaja Abdul Hakeem Ansari) appointed in his lifetime, the present Shaykh Qibla Ghulam Rasool Shahid as his only Khalifah and Shaykh in succession.
Any person, desirous to follow true path of Islam to lead a standard Islamic life, free from yoke of superstition and misconceptions and to explore Tassawuf (Hikmat) in reality to establish a personal contact and nearness to Allah through spiritual practices while remaining within the covenants of Islamic Shariyah, is welcome to the ‘Silsila’.
- Why Silsila Aalia Tawhidia?
Verily the importance of Tasawwuf is undeniable to attain nearness of Allah (swt) and all other blessed virtues in both worlds. These days, with a few exceptions, the spirit of Tawhid (oneness of Allah) seems to be absent in various ‘Salasil’ founded in the name of Tasawuf. Resultantly, people are so much given to the warship of the shrines and their spiritual mentors (Murshids) that they hardly acknowledge the lordship of Allah and the glorious teachings of the holy prophet (saw). Some people claim to love the Holy Prophet (saw) but their exaggerated love makes them see the Holy Prophet (saw) on equal footing with Allah. Some of them even go to the great extant and declare that Holy Prophet (saw) is, in a way, an incarnation of Allah (the act of Allah becoming a man in the person of the Holy Prophet (saw). So to dispel this misunderstanding, Khawaja Abdul Hakeem named the Silsila as Silsila Aalia Tawhidia to restore the holy belief of Tawhid that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad (saw) is the final Messenger of Allah.